"Why would anyone steal a 1999, kind-of-beat-up Town and Country van?" Evans asked.
Evans said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told him officers see that kind of vehicle stolen often.
"They use them to commit a crime, and then abandon them," Evans said. "She said, 'Yours is perfect'" because it is so common and doesn't attract attention.
Evans said when police found the minivan the thieves had left a lot of junk in it. Evans is glad to have it back, however.
"That's my workhorse," he said. "That's how I get the kids to school."